Working With The Elements

Working With The Elements

Working with the elements is a powerful way to connect with the natural world. This is because Earth, Water, Air, and Fire are the building blocks of all creation. Each element has its own unique qualities, energy signatures, and symbolism and has been recognized for its spiritual significance in various cultures and spiritual traditions. Remember, we aren’t just part of nature, we ARE nature. So working with these elements helps to create balance and harmony in our lives and deepens our relationship with everything around us.

What Are the Elements?

Each element has its unique properties and associations. It is important to remember that each culture and spiritual tradition might have its own understanding. For example, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the elements are wood, metal, water, etc. I will discuss those in a separate post. So the descriptions you read below are from earth-based traditions.

The Characteristics of the Elements

Earth: Earth represents stability, grounding, and fertility. Also, it symbolizes physical sensations, material possessions, and the physical body. It is often associated with nourishment, growth, and abundance representing our connection to the physical world and our ability to bring form out of the formless on the material plane.

Air: Air represents intellect, communication, and the realm of thoughts. It symbolizes clarity, knowledge, and communication. Air is associated with the breath of life, and its spiritual significance lies in its ability to bring forth mental clarity and deep insights. Encouraging us to open our minds, seek knowledge and wisdom, and communicate our ideas effectively.  Air also symbolizes freedom and flexibility, reminding us to release any mental or emotional burdens that hinder our growth.

Fire: Fire represents transformation, passion, and spiritual illumination. It symbolizes energy, willpower, and creativity. Fire’s spiritual significance lies in its ability to ignite our inner flame, awaken our passions, and bring about personal transformation. Fire is associated with the spark of inspiration, the passionate pursuit of our goals and desires, and the purification of body, mind, and spirit. It represents inner strength, courage, and the power to manifest change.

Water: Water represents emotions, intuition, and the subconscious mind. It is often associated with fluidity, adaptability, and purification. Water’s spiritual significance lies in its ability to cleanse and purify the soul, washing away emotional and spiritual impurities. It is also linked to the flow of intuition, dreams, and creativity. Water teaches us to be adaptable, to go with the flow, and to embrace the changes and challenges in life.

Working With The Elements

There are some common ways to work with the elements, for example through meditation and ritual. But each of these methods involves connecting with its energetic qualities and incorporating them into various practices and rituals. I have a representation of each of the elements on my altar and utilize their energies on pretty much a daily basis. Remember, working with the elements is deeply personal, and everyone may have their unique ways of connecting with them. Explore different practices, trust your intuition, and find what resonates with you the most.

Working With Earth Element

Here are a few ways you can work with the earth element:

  1. Spend Time Outdoors: Be with and in Nature. Whether it’s in your garden, a park, or a nearby forest simply sit and observe nature. Breathe it in and let the energy of the natural world flow through you. Engaging intentionally with the earth can help you attune to its energy.
  2. Cultivate a plant or garden: Gardening and/or caring for a plant or garden is a wonderful way to develop a relationship with the earth element. Speak and sing to your plants and treat them with respect and reverence. Pay attention to their growth and needs throughout their development.
  3. Connect with Rocks & Crystals: The Earth element has its representation in various materials, such as crystals, stones, and clay. Use crystals in meditation, and place them on your altar or body. Sit on a boulder with your bare feet touching the stone. Working with clay or pottery can be a tactile way to connect with this element as well.
  4. Practice Grounding Exercises: Connect with the energy of the earth by imagining roots extending from the soles of your feet into the ground, anchoring you into the earth’s core. There are many ways to ground using visualizations, find one that works for you. 
  5. Earthing or Earth breathing: Walk barefoot on the grass, ground, or stone. Breathing energy up from the earth and into your body. Then on the out-breath, let your energy flow back into the earth.
  6. Use Earth Rituals: Rituals that honor the Earth’s natural cycles, such as the moon or seasons, can be a powerful way to shift your energy and deepen your relationships.

Moon Spirit: Working with Moon Energy

Working with Air Element

Here are some ways you can work with the element of air:

  1. Meditation and Breathing Work: Use breathing exercises and meditation to connect with the air element. Focus on the movement of breath moving in your body, letting the air cleanse your system and promote a sense of clarity. Use specific breathwork techniques to transmute stagnant energy or shift your consciousness.
  2. Use the Wind: The wind is a powerful tool to purify the mind and energy body. With your intention, open up to the wind and let it sweep through your field, and remove any unwanted energy. Or ask the wind for mental clarity and allow it to bring in new thoughts or inspiration.
  3. Feng Shui: Incorporate air-related elements in your living space. Use light and airy colors, open windows to let fresh air circulate, and choose decor items that evoke a sense of movement and freedom.
  4. Air Rituals: Create rituals to honor and work with the element of air. This can involve lighting incense, smudging, using feathers, or focusing on intentions related to mental clarity, communication, and inspiration.
  5. Feather Work: Collect the feathers of different types of birds and use them in your rituals and ceremonies. Place them on your altar, wear them as jewelry, or carry them with you.

Working With Fire Element

Here are some ways you can work with the element of fire. Remember to use caution and practice fire safety when working with an open flame.

  1. Candle Meditation: Gaze at the flame while allowing your mind to become still. You can visualize the flame growing within you – igniting your passion and creativity. Or see the flame opening up your third eye. After you gaze at the flame for a while, close your eyes and see if you can hold the flame in your mind’s eye.
  2. Candle Rituals: Set an intention. Choose the color of the candle that corresponds with that intention (e.g., red for passion, orange for creativity), and then write/etch your intention on the side of the candle. As the candle burns, hold that intention in your mind and body and build energy around your desire.
  3. Fire Ceremonies: Gather around a bonfire or create your own controlled fire outdoors in an appropriate fireproof container. Sit around the fire, feeling its warmth and energy. Offer prayers, sing, chant, or release anything you wish to let go into the fire. The cleansing and transformative power of fire can help you release old patterns, habits and/or assist in building energy and passion for your projects.

Working with Water Element

Here are ways to work with the element of water:

  1. Meditation: Sit near a body of water, such as a river, lake, or ocean, and focus on the sound of water. Visualizing it flowing and bringing a sense of calmness and emotional stability to your being. Think about the water’s ability to flow with change and move with grace and ease.
  2. Baths and Showers: Whether you are bathing or showering, consciously focus on the water cleansing and renewing your body and spirit. You can also enhance the experience by adding salts, oils, or herbs to the water, integrating their specific properties into your practice. Also, use the opportunity to release whatever you no longer want to hold onto into the water. Then allow it to flow down the drain. You can also do this in a river, lake or ocean. 
  3. Drink Clean Water: Your body is composed largely of water. Being dehydrated impacts your body’s physical and energetic capacities. Drink water with intention throughout the day. Let it cleanse and purify the body as it moves through your system.
  4. Water Rituals: Water will absorb intention. So, for example, you can fill a jar with water, herbs, crystals, or other items that symbolize your intent. Then use that water to drink or water plants or let it flow down the river and give your intention to the universe. Charge the water with your intentions and use the energy of water to manifest your desires.

Working with the elements – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water is a powerful way to deepen your relationship with the world around you. From the grounding and stability of earth to the creativity and passion of fire, the fluidity and adaptability of water, and the clarity and intelligence of air, each element has unique qualities and gifts that we can learn from and utilize. By consciously working with these elements, we develop a greater understanding of our own nature and the world around us, leading to greater harmony and balance in our lives.

Moon Spirit: Working With Moon Energy

Moon Spirit: Working With Moon Energy

Working with moon energy can be a powerful tool to create change in our lives and deepen our relationship with the cosmos. As our closest celestial companion, the moon is not only responsible for the tides of the ocean, without which life would look very different. But also has an impact, although subtle, on human behavior. People across all continents, over many eras, have contemplated our relationship with this celestial consciousness.  Many spiritual practices acknowledge the moon as a powerful force capable of guiding individuals on their spiritual journey. So by honoring the moon and being in relationship with it we deepened our understanding of the interconnectedness of all things and activate one more piece of our true human potential.  The Moon & The Divine Feminine

Each culture has its own view and relationship with the moon. So what I present here is a blend of many perspectives. Use them as an example or guide, but don’t discount your intuitive power. Especially since the moon represents the mystery and divine feminine energy. Associated with goddesses such as Artemis, Luna, and Selene, the moon embodies qualities of nurturing, intuition, and healing. When people talk about going with the flow. There is no greater example of flowing within the cycles as the waxing and waning of the moon. This ebb and flow of life and the rise and fall of energy permeates our natural world. In order to move with the cycles, we first need to understand them. 

Moon Phases

Phases of the moonThe image above illustrates the phases of the moon. The lunar month lasts approximately 29.5 days.

Spiritual Significance of Moon Phases

Each phase of the moon has its own unique meaning, symbolic significance and energy that can be harnessed to create rituals and ceremonies. It is important to note that the specific interpretations of the moon phases may vary depending on cultural or individual beliefs. Not all practices need to start with the new moon, though there is a natural progression, especially if someone is looking to change or let go of something significant. Understanding the energy of each phase of the moon can assist us in understanding how we can utilize its power. 

Here are some common spiritual associations with each phase of the moon:

  • New Moon Energy: This phase is all about setting intentions and planting seeds. Is there something new you are looking to create or a habit to let go of? This is the moment. This phase is all about renewal, new beginnings, and potential energy. Make sure you express your intention in multiple ways. Write it down, say it out loud, and tell a friend. You can also place a totem or other representation of your intention on your altar.
  • Waxing Moon Energy – These phases are all about building energy and persevering. Take action on your goals and desires. It is a time of expansion, growth, and outward momentum. Stay focused and stick with your priorities. Do you need to make a course correction? Fine-tune your goals and actions as needed. 
  • Full Moon Energy: The full moon is a powerful symbol of completion and illumination. It is about celebration and gratitude. It is time to release anything that doesn’t serve you. The moon’s energy is most powerful at this time. So emotions, intuitions, and desires can be right on the surface.  Be mindful, sometimes things can get a little wonky during this time. 
  • Waning Energy – The waning moon is about release and forgiveness. Reflection and introspection are key during this time. Are you ready to let go of an old story? Do you have beliefs about yourself and the world that no longer serve? Time to let it go. Maybe it is time to retreat and recharge. Think about past experiences – what insights did you learn? What worked? What would you do differently? Refine your values and clarify your motivations based on your reflections.

Ways to Work With Moon Phases

Now that you understand the energy and symbolic representations. What are some ways that we can incorporate moon phases into your spiritual life:

  • Track the moon phases: Start by becoming mindful of what phase of the moon you are in. You can add this to your calendar as a reminder. Then be mindful of how you feel, how you sleep, and your energy shifts. Can any correlations be made? The moon’s energy may be subtle at first, but the more you tune in, the more heightened your perceptions become. 
  • Flowing With The Energy: For example, during the waning phase,  take more time for meditation and/or journal about where you are and if it feels aligned. Make the full moon celebratory and have friends over for dinner and dancing. 
  • Set intentions: If you are looking to make a big shift, prepare yourself to begin at the new moon phase. Do some prep work so you have a well-developed intention when the new moon begins. 
  • Create Sacred Space: Honor the moon on your altar or window sill. Use crystals, cards, or whatever symbolic representation that holds meaning for you.
  • Perform rituals: Following the descriptions above, create a ritual that utilizes the unique energy of each phase. For example, during a full moon, perform a fire ceremony. Write down everything you want to release and give it to the universe by throwing it in the fire.  Or maybe an offering ceremony that gives thanks for the many blessing you’ve received. Here is a great resource for creating moon rituals. 
  • Moon Gazing: Spend time in nature and gaze at the moon. The ancient technique of simply observing the moon allows its gentle glow to illuminate hidden truths and soothe the mind and soul.
  • Shadow Work: What is ready to be illuminated? Dive deep into the Divine Feminine and look at what is in your shadow. There are so many interesting frameworks and ways to work with the shadow. Here are a few to get you started.

Spirituality 101: What is Shadow Work or this Substack Post Diving Deep Into the Shadow.

The moon’s spiritual significance reaches far beyond its physical existence. From ancient rituals to modern practices, this celestial body has guided and inspired humanity for millennia. By following moon phases, you can deepen your spiritual journey, connect with the cycles of nature, and understand the connectedness of all of life. As we gaze upon its magical presence in the night sky, may we remember the profound wisdom and transformative energy the moon offers us all.

Freeing Our Personal Power

Freeing Our Personal Power

The path of the warrior is an approach to life that aims to maximize our potential and deepen our relationship with the Universe. Warriorship focuses on inner transformation and views the world through the lens of energy and power. A warrior is someone who seeks freedom through choice, takes radical responsibility for their actions, and is a master of their intent. There is much to be gained by walking this path and increasing and freeing our personal power, even for the most novice warrior. Understanding that the path is not a place you reach, but rather a process of continued self-mastery. As Robert Spencer describes it in The Craft of the Warrior, “….it provides a strategic blueprint for self-organization.”

What is a Warrior?

In her book, Warrior Goddess Training, HeatherAsh Amara explains warriors in this way, “Warrior energy is a combination of focus, dedication, purpose, and determination. Consciously bringing these things together gives us power.” This quest for power is really about our pursuit of growth and personal evolution. It is about wanting to dive deep into the mystery and magnificence of the Universe and living with the knowledge that we are part of that magnificence. A warrior is humbled by this truth and lives accordingly.

Awakening the Warrior Activation

What is Personal Power?

We are all born with a certain amount of personal power. Some describe it as a form of life force energy that allows for our existence. However, a warrior is interested in more than just existing. To do this, she must deepen her relationship with the Unknown. Our personal power expands as our knowledge of one’s self, and the Universe deepens. The more personal power we have, the more able we are to traverse the unknown realms. It is the fuel of the warrior, and through our awareness and heightened perception, we engage in an energetic relationship with everything around us. Personal power allows us to transcend, transmute and transform ourselves in powerful ways. 

Our use and acquisition of this power in efficient and effective ways is what the Toltecs call impeccability. As a spiritual guide, don Juan Matus said, “Impeccability is nothing else but the proper use of energy.” Some call this our ability to do or take action in the world in alignment with our intent. So, as we take conscious effort and use our energy efficiently and effectively, we build our personal power.

The Path With Heart

Carlos Castaneda writes, “It is the consistent choice of the path with heart which makes a warrior different from the average man.” The path with heart looks different for everyone, but it aligns with your essence, enjoyment, and development. It is a path that strengthens you, challenges you, and is chosen with purpose and meaning at its core. A warrior knows that death is their eternal companion, and no matter what path we choose, they all lead to the same place. Because the warrior faces the inevitability of death, they decide to live life in its fullest expression. If a path no longer fits or brings joy, the warrior is free to choose differently. 

Many of the choices a warrior makes along their path may go unnoticed by the uninitiated. But a warrior seeks the mystery and moves between the known and unknown worlds. As soon as certainty sets in, the warrior is no longer walking the path with heart. A warrior views the Universe as an unfathomable mystery that can never be known yet is always seeking to unravel her mysteries. This keeps a warrior flexible and engaged with life from a place of joy and curiosity rather than a rigid certainty. 

This does not mean the path is without struggle. Struggle is an inherent part of expansion and development. In Journey to Ixtlan, many things need to be overcome on a warrior’s path. don Juan Matus talks about erasing personal history, disrupting routines, losing self-importance, and dropping habits. All of these things bind our power and keep us within the confines of the ordinary world. 

Losing Personal Power

There are many ways in which we lose or bind our power. Habits are considered a power sink because they bind our power rather than drain it. In The Craft of the Warrior, Robert Spencer writes, “A power sink is much like a pond or a lake in the desert with no outlet to the sea. Power collects there, but being unable to flow, it just evaporates.” So, one of the best ways to free up personal power is to give something up. Habits are performed without conscious thought, so we might think that since they require little thought that they use little power. But, anyone who has released a habit knows how much energy is involved in supporting it. Remember that habits aren’t just actions; we can have emotional and mental habits as well. 

For example, pretend you are giving up your morning danish. You may have omitted the action of eating the danish, but you spent most of the day thinking about how much you missed it. Those repetitive thoughts are also habits. It is not just about giving something up but doing so with impeccability or employing the proper use of your energy. Spending a good portion of the day lamenting the danish is not an efficient use. 

Awakening the Warrior Activation

Power Leaks

Power leaks are another way to lose personal power. In the Warrior literature, one of the most significant ways we lose power is through identification. Or, to put it another way, the way we define ourselves by our roles, history, and various group identities is often defined by someone external to the self. Spencer writes, “First, identification produces a static quality in which permanence is both assumed and desired. Thus we can not adapt easily to the changing flux that life presents, and a great deal of power are used trying to minimize any changes that might threaten the stability of our identification or the way in which we define ourselves.”

Negative emotions are also described as a power leak. This doesn’t mean that she suppresses or represses healthy emotion, but a warrior would not act on it. In the literature, most authors view negative emotions stemming from over-identification and habitual patterns. Once someone can recognize the emotion without the mental overlay/construct, the emotion is just seen as energy moving through the body. Appropriate expressions of emotion, that is to say, emotions in proportion to the event, are using one’s energy impeccably. Dan Millman writes, “You don’t have to bring a thought or corresponding tension to life; you don’t have to dramatize it….as emotional obstructions are left undramatized, they’ll grow weaker until finally, they become obsolete.” 

Hunting Power

In addition to plugging leaks and unbinding power, there are things a warrior can do to acquire power. This power can be found in playing in the mystery and unknown realms. Engaging in activities that expand our relationship to the Universe. Crossing this threshold requires one to accept uncertainty and be able to sit with fear or confusion without trying to impose order. It also requires a heightened sense of perception that opens up to experiences rather than categorizing them. This means that a warrior leans more on their internal reference points than looking for external ones to explain their experience. 

It is not easy to put into words what it means to cross the threshold into the unknown. don Juan, called this non-ordinary reality the nagual. Or David Bohms’ description of the Implicate Order. A living awareness consisting of limitless potentialities, an unmanifest consciousness where all things are possible. For some, it is the use of rituals and techniques that alter states of consciousness. It could be engaging in active dreaming. Or it can be playing in the unknown even in the ordinary world by heightening our perceptions and awareness to notice the subtle shifts of energy, the negative space, or the webs of illusion that feed the consensus-based reality. 

These techniques that bring a warrior across the threshold into the unknown require being in the now moment. A warrior opens up to the world, listening with her inner ears and seeing with her inner sight. It is about feeling the world with your whole being and acting as both a receiver and transmitter of energy and power. 

Awakening the Warrior Activation

Freedom & Discipline

It might seem counterintuitive in a perspective that values fluidity that discipline would be so highly valued. But in Warriorship, freedom is a product of discipline. Spencer describes, “To take the path with heart, then we must find a way of loosening our bonds with what has limited us. In doing so, we challenge our self-concepts, refocus our awareness, cut tethers to our beliefs, rechannel our emotions, open our senses to new perceptions, and find new filters through which to process information.” None of this happens by chance. It requires a conscious, concerted effort to move through these self-limiting behaviors to reach a place of freedom. It is the perfect alignment of intention and action. 

But the warrior understands that discipline must be in harmony with our ability to let go. After the preparations are made, skills learned and mastered; the warrior must be prepared to take action with the full force of her being. A warrior has control until they don’t, and then we must be able to release with abandon and detach from the outcome. A warrior’s freedom is found in this delicate dance of discipline and release. 


Remaining detached is another critical attribute of the warrior’s path and to maintaining personal power. A warrior does not look through the lens of success and failure. She makes choices from the perspective of impeccability and not outcome. The warrior’s fluid nature allows her to take quick action and drop something if it is no longer aligned with her intent. When a person is attached, it creates a web of energy, linking our thoughts and emotions through story. Therefore investing and binding our personal power, making it less available and fluid. It is the intent, discipline, and detachment that allows for fluidity.

A warrior’s path is not always easy. And it will not be perfect. But, by following this path, we can transcend ordinary human awareness into a place of unlimited perception. As more of the unknowns become known and we understand there are many separate realities, we can manifest our full potential. A warrior can take leaps without needing explanation and is okay living outside the boundaries of what is considered normal. The real question is, how alive do you want to be? As don Juan Matus said, “We choose to be warriors or to be ordinary men. A second choice does not exist.”

Dakota Earth Cloud Walker on Walking Many Paths

Dakota Earth Cloud Walker on Walking Many Paths

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In This Episode:

What does it take to step into the truth of who we are? How do we integrate and reconcile our many perspectives and interests? With curiosity and the Medicine Wheel as her guide, Dakota shares her personal journey to finding her sacred purpose. We talk about the value of ritual and ceremony and how to bring these elements into our daily life. Why individual change is essential to healing humanity. We explore the growing pains we feel as we birth a new world. And finally, Dakota leaves us with a way to navigate these anxious and chaotic times with heart and authenticity.

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About the Guest

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 Dakota is an international teacher, author, speaker, and the founder of Gaia Wisdom School. She has trained with notable shamans in both the United States and in Ireland. She is trained and certified in Shamanic Breathwork, Trance Dance, Shamanic Soul Coaching, Celebrant, and Meditation. Dakota has worked in the Shamanic Arts for over 25 years and is a renowned teacher for the Medicine Wheel Teachings based on Celtic, Druidic, and Native American Spirituality.





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Forgiveness: Seeing a Higher Perspective

Forgiveness: Seeing a Higher Perspective

“Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?” 

 ~ Marcus Aurelius

What is Forgiveness?

One of the best descriptions that I read is that forgiveness is when you can pull your energy out of the situation. What does that mean exactly? It means that you are willing to drop the story you’ve created that allows you to remain justified in your pain. 

We often talk about forgiveness like it is an act done for the other person, but forgiveness is really about our desire to move forward. And it isn’t until we choose to let go of the story that legitimizes our pain that we are able to move on. That is why Caroline Myss describes forgiveness as a self-initiated act of transformation. Because it requires a deliberate and conscious choice to calm our ego’s incessant talk that continually informs us on why we are entitled to our hurt and anger.

How Do We Forgive?

According to Positive Psychology, forgiveness is a process that asks us to cultivate acceptance, see things from multiple perspectives, and re-write the story from those higher perspectives. The first step is accepting what is. Eckart Tolle wrote, “It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept — before they will forgive. As soon as they do, one of the greatest miracles happens….the transmutation of suffering into inner peace.”

(Here’s another animal guide meditation you might enjoy)

This is not about spiritual by-passing and suppressing our pain or hurt. It may take some time until we are ready to move forward. However, once we decide that we no longer want to identify with that story, we begin the path toward peace. 

A Soul-Level Perspective

Taking a bird’s eye view of the situation is one way to shift into acceptance. Can you witness the divinity in yourself and the other person? Do you trust in divine timing? As Myss writes, “From a cosmic perspective, your life is far more complex than you can measure by the influence of one or two relationships. There is a higher law that rules the spirit, a mystical law…”

Humans are messy and complicated. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you condone another’s behavior or will forget that they have wronged you in some way. It just means that you aren’t willing to let it bind your energy any further. Are you ready to invite peace into your life? To be fully present in the here and now?


Carrie Kohan on Near Death Experiences & Sacred Activism

Carrie Kohan on Near Death Experiences & Sacred Activism

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What happens after we die? Is there such a thing as heaven and hell? In this episode, Carrie Kohan shares the stories of her two near-death experiences. We explore how these NDEs changed her perspective on life, spirituality and our soul’s journey. She also shares how they compelled her, with direction from Spirit, to live a life of sacred activism. Helping to write 14 laws that protect children from sexual abuse. We also touch briefly on aliens, the Council of Men, and the angelic realms. It is a fascinating listen.

About the Guest

A womanCarrie Kohan is the author of The Five Lessons of Life, which is a life-changing book about her two near-death experiences. When Carrie returned from her second death, she became a Coach and Business Partner of Tony Robbins from 1993 – 97. In 1995, Carrie’s family was the second in Canada, to bring the cellular industry to the Supreme Court over safety concerns of EMFs. She then went on to write her first book on Fauci and his ‘reclassification’ of AIDs. Then she became the first voice in Canada to speak up about child sexual abuse. As a federal government witness, Carrie has amended and written 14 laws to protect children from predators. Today she speaks about her encounters with ETs, the end of the Mayan Calendar, and is working on her next 3 books.



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